K Vijay Kumar IPS (retd)
Visiting Distinguished Fellow
Expert – TPF
From July 2018 : Advisor to Governor, J & k
Senior Security Advisor 2012-2018: Ministry of Home Affairs
Director General 2010-2012 : Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
Commandant 2008-2010 : National Polie Academy, Hyderabad
Inspector General 1998-2000 : Border Security Force (BSF), Srinagar
Masters in Business Law – National Law School, Bangalore
MBA – IGNOU, New Delhi
ML – Law, University of Madras
BL – Law, University of Madras
Mr K Vijay Kumar is a 1975 batch IPS officer. He holds extensive experience in Jungle warfare, security detailing and counter-insurgency. He had served in the SPG security details of Rajiv Gandhi, he was moved from Rajiv Gandhi’s security team a year before his assassination and was appointed as the head of SPG to protect J Jayalalitha, then Chief Minister of Tamilnadu. He is not new to Jammu and Kashmir. In 1998, he was appointed as IG, operations of BSF in the state.
In 2004, he was appointed to head the Special Task Force ‘Operation Cocoon’ to hunt down Veerappan. Veerappan was wanted for the killings of almost 184 people, mostly police officers and for almost a decade, he had terrorized 3 state governments and paramilitary forces. The state governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were struggling to nab Veerappan for more than a decade. The operations were one of the costliest in the History of India. Soon after K Vijay Kumar’s appointment, Veerappan was killed on 18 October 2004.
He headed the National Police Academy in Hyderabad from 2008 till 2010. In 2010, he was appointed the Director General of CRPF. He has studied the Naxal and Maoist operations extensively and was appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs as the senior security advisor in 2012. He was tasked with the revision of India’s anti-Naxal policy after 26 CRPF men were martyred in a Maoist attack in Sukma. He had stressed over road constructions and better tactics adaptations by CRPF during extensive operations against Naxals. He is one of the main motivators behind the success of CRPF in recent times against Naxals in Bastar region.
K Vijay Kumar is a sharpshooter and fitness enthusiast. He is also a voracious reader. During his two years as the Police Commissioner of Chennai in 2001-2003, Chennai saw many encounters where many of the city’s mafia dons were gunned down. When criticised by human rights activists, his reply was, ” Policemen do not carry guns as ornaments”.
K Vijay Kumar is the author of the book ‘Veerappan, Chasing the Brigand’. He completed his tenure in the Ministry of Home Affairs on June 12. On 20th June 2018, he was appointed as Advisor to the Governor of J & k.